Disability Services

disability-servicesThe University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to high-quality educational programs, creative and scholarly activities, and services responsive to its diverse student population, and its local, national and global communities. To fulfill this mission, Disability Services recognizes that all persons who are disabled are an integral part of our society. Further, it is our goal to effectively collaborate with students, instructors, staff and community members to create usable, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable learning environments.

How to Register with Disability Services
  1. Admittance into UW-Parkside and attendance of ROAR (orientation)
    1. It is the student's responsibility to self-identify to CSD, provide documentation that meets documentation guidelines and request specific services.
    2. Majority of materials/registration is done online, but please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions and/or difficulties at 262-595-2372
  2. Complete online Request for Accommodations Services Form and return to Disability Services
    1. To request an accommodation, click the accommodation tab once logged in
    2. To request an appointment, click the appointment tab once logged in
  3. Provide disability documentation
    1. Read Documentation Guidelines that apply to your diagnosis. Forward these guidelines to the clinician providing your documentation
    2. Send DS any records of accommodations/services provided to you at any previous academic settings (e.g. IEP, Section 504 plan, college service plan, etc.) and any record of accommodations provided for any national standardized exams (e.g. ACT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, etc.). This documentation is helpful but not necessarily sufficient to determine eligibility for services.

      NOTE: Providing documentation of disability is the responsibility of the student. In general, the less obvious the disability, the more information is required to assess a student's needs and make accommodation recommendations. Documentation should be recent, relevant and comprehensive and, where appropriate, contain test scores and interpretation (e.g. learning disability reports, audiograms, etc.). If the original documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability or reasonable accommodation, the university has the discretion to require additional documentation. Any cost incurred in obtaining additional documentation is also borne by the student.

      NOTE: If you suspect you may have a disability but have never been diagnosed, see the documentation guidelines.
  4. Schedule a preliminary meeting to discuss your accommodation needs
    1. Current UW-Parkside students and students admitted to UW-Parkside:

      Contact our front desk at 262-595-2372 to schedule an appointment with Disability Services. Make sure your disability documentation arrives at least a week prior to this appointment.
    2. Students not yet admitted:

      Until you are currently enrolled or admitted to UW-Parkside, you do not need to schedule an appointment.
  5. Eligibility for services is determined
    1. Students and Disability Services complete the meeting process. During this meeting the prospective student is encouraged to share their accommodation needs. Documentation may be reviewed and discussed during this meeting.

      Eligibility for services is based on a combination of the student's description of need, the thoroughness of the disability documentation and documentation policies (see Disability Documentation Guidelines). If all eligibility requirements are met at this time, then, a verified individualized services and accommodations plan is written. If all requirements are not met, you will be advised on how to proceed.

      NOTE: Pending the receipt of appropriate documentation, the university reserves the right to deny services or accommodations.

      NOTE: You will be notified of your eligibility for services by mail or university email within sixty days of submitting appropriate documentation.
  6. Accommodation Plan developed/Student receives Accommodation Plan
    1. At your intake appointment you and your Disability Service Coordinator will discuss your documentation and need for accommodations. An Accommodation letter will be completed at this time if it was not completed in the preliminary meeting. Upon the completion of your letter, you will be eligible to being receiving services/accommodations.
    2. You may also receive approval of accommodations through your Ranger email
  7. Request services
    1. Student's accommodation letters are good for one year. After one year, the student will need to request a new accommodation letter. If a student's diagnosis changes or if the student would like to discuss additional accommodations, an appointment in necessary.
  8. Follow-up is needed
    1. For questions, please contact Disability Services at 262-595-2372.

If you have any questions you may contact Renee Kirby, Director of Student Health, Counseling and Disability Services Coordinator at 262-595-2372 or via email, kirby@uwp.edu

Wyllie D175
Renee' Sartin Kirby, Director
(262) 595-2372

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